2011 Overview

Intermediate Campaign

We played 5 scheduled fixtures this season winning just the one match against Moate in Shandonagh on the opening day of the season. As a direct result of this win we managed to maintain our Intermediate status for another year.

Division 3

Our overall performance here was slightly better as we managed 4 wins, 4 defeats and 1 draw from our 9 matches. These performances were not good enough for promotion as we ended the season forth, 6 points behind the leaders so will contest Division 3 again in 2012.
 

Junior B

The junior side had a better season and were challenging for the Junior B Championship yet again taking 3 wins and a defeat from 4 matches and securing a knock out place against Shandonagh. Unfortunately we were unable to field for the first time in my memory so handed the win to our opponents courtesy of a walk over.

Division 5

The season saw the best set of results from any of the sides as they opened the campaign with a win at home to Caulry followed by a win against Malachys. Two hard fought draws against Bun and Lomans put us in a good position in the table as we entered the second half of the league. A win against Shandonagh further strengthen our position as we were then due to play Killucan at home. A walk over in this game kept us undefeated with just Athlone to play. This infamous night under lights and at the hands of Michael Mannion will live on for a good while yet. We ended up losing our first game on this league Bobby broken his arm, which was missed by the so called ref and had at least two scores given against us that turned the game in favour of the home side. That said we have still finished as runners up behind St Lomans despite the table showing different for weeks.
 

Fé 21 Championship

After much deliberation the club decided not to enter this year’s under 21 championships. There was no interest from Milltown to run an amalgamation side so we are not represented in the 15 a side competition.

Underage

The club had a strong representation at all age levels again this year.
 

The Minors fulfilled all fixtures this year and the team will need to build on the experiences of this season if they are to move forward in 2012. Unfortunately there was no repeat of reaching last years final.

The under 16’s went though a development phase last year and are the one group where we do lack depth from the Ballymore end, having said that they managed to reach a quarter final in 2010 and went all the way to the final this year where they were narrowly beaten by St Brigids.

Under 14’s building on a good season last year the lads went one better during 2011. After playing well during the group stages of this years Division 3 Championship. The side ended in second place and clinched a well deserved final place where they played a well fancied Caulry side in Tubberclair. The match had all the making of a good game as Caulry were the only side to beat us and did so well during the earlier part of the season. In front of a huge crowd and against all the odds our lads played extremely well and took a very well deserved win. The medal presentation takes place in Milltown next Friday evening 16th December. Congratulations to all the players and mentors on a superb achievement.

The under 12’s, 10’s and under 8’s remains a strong sector for the club with both age group competing in several tournaments around the county and at Cusack Park. So strong is the interest that we have also the making of an unofficial under 6 team, long may this interest continue.

Thank you to all at the Milltown for their help and support throughout the year.

Schools

History was made this year as Ballymore NS not only lifted the Cummann na mBunscol football title but also the hurling title a week later. Yet again Declan Rooney has given so much of his time and energy to steer the team, ably supported by Declan Claffey, Brian McCabe, Kevin McLoughlin and John Meares and it is testimony to all their hard work to see the success achieved this year. Special thanks also to John Lennon who refereed all matches played. In addition the schools team also competed in the Marie Stone tournament in Drumraney and where unlucky to be beaten by a single point in the Castledaly blitz by Rosemount.

Hosts

Building on the growing reputation that Ballymore has for hosting matches as a neutral venue we were lucky enough to be selected to host 5 matches during the 2011 season. In April we host a double header of Junior football when Maryland played Mullingar Shamrocks followed by Castledaly and St Lomans. This was then followed in July by a double header of Intermediate football this time Coralstown – Kinnegad played Ballinagore followed by Rosemount who played Tang. The final football match saw us host the senior match between Athlone and Mullingar Shamrocks in August. I have been trying hard to get Ballymore seen as a host for Hurling as well as football given the success of Fr Dalton’s over the past 4 years. We were finally selected to host the Junior B match between Crookedwood and Southern Gaels, but due to the poor weather conditions this match was moved so we still await our first Hurling fixture.

Membership

Our current membership stands at a healthy 55 senior and 43 underage however with so many other sports available locally we face a real battle to retain numbers at all levels and can not afford to take our foot off the pedal as it were with regard to attracting new members. A concerted effort is need during 2012.

Park Development

With the majority of the development work at the park now complete during 2010, this year was one of tying up loose ends. The main pitch was once again sanded and has been kept to a very high standard by Brian McCabe. Recent work carried out in the dressing room areas included the installation of extractor fans and heating as well as the insulation of the roof areas. Ballymore continues to boast facilities that are the envy of many clubs across Westmeath.


Scór

2011 was yet another good year for the club. We hosted the junior final in January and will be doing so again in 2012. We also hosted the senior final last March, there is no decision on the venue for the 2012 competition as yet. In 2011 we had teams from both clubs entered but unfortunately could only mange one county title with Padriag Keena in the solo signing, Padriag missed out on turning this into a Leinster title by the slimmest of margins. Recently we hosted both the county junior semi finals and on the 26th November we again played host to the county final and event that nearly brought the village to a stand still due to the crowds it attracted. On behalf of the club I would like to thank Rose Longworth, who stepped down as secretary this year, for all her hard work over the past 30 years. Rose could not go of the reins completely and has agreed to stay on as treasure; Ballymore has been well and truly put on the map due to Rose’s fantastic work. A special thank you also to those members who helped with car parking etc at the events.


Is mise le meas

Dale Greenwood
Runaí

9th December 2011.
 
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